Phuket can be loved or hated. It is an island that evokes extreme emotions among tourists from all over the world. For many people, Phuket has such negative connotations. Some have made their opinions because of Patong City, the most crowded and party part of the island. Yes, there are places full of places of dubious quality and bars filled with drunken tourists, but the vast majority of the island impresses with its beautiful beaches, exotic nature, and holiday atmosphere.
Here, everyone will find something for themselves. People looking for peace and closeness to nature will be enchanted by the northern part of the island with hidden beaches and national parks. Tourists looking for rich nightlife and parties until dawn will find themselves in Patong, the party capital of the island. Whether Phuket will delight you or not depends on what you like and the way you intend to explore the island and surroundings.
1. Get prepared for Phi Phi Islands Trip
Phuket is the best starting point for sea tours of the Andaman Sea. The beautiful Phi Phi Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations and a must-see for most tourists arriving in Phuket. The islands are very picturesque and there are several charming coves, including the most famous Maya Bay, where the film “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. Numerous travel agencies offer a wide range of trips to the Phi Phi Islands: on large ships, speed boats or long tail boat. All-day trips are offered in all possible combinations and usually include meals and drinks. For example, swimming on Phi Phi, you can also do snorkeling on a reef, feed monkeys on an island, or swim on a wonderful beach. It is worth comparing the offers of various travel agencies and negotiating the price. If you prefer to travel as a backpacker and you like to organize your free time yourself, you can opt out of the offer of travel agencies and sail on Phi Phi by boat. Boats to Phi Phi depart daily from Rassada Pier in Phuket.
2. Walk around the impressing Temples
In Phuket, you can admire the amazing Buddhist temples. The most important is Wat Chalong, dedicated to monks – medics and herbalists. Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang – they were mediators between the fighting parties during the uprising in 1876. They cured the wounded, folded broken bones, so the Thais believe that prayer here has healing power. This is a beautiful place worth a separate article. Many tourists and believers come here during the day, and the red gold roofs of temples look impressive, shining in the sun. If you are looking for peace and a place to contemplate, you can go to Wat Chalong at night. The temple is beautifully illuminated and the sweat does not pour from your forehead. A walk around Wat Chalong after sunset is an alternative and worth considering a way of visiting this beautiful temple.
3. Take a great shot at Phuket Viewpoints
Phuket is a mountainous island with an interesting landscape. Numerous winding and steep hills are quite a challenge for bicycle lovers. Driving on a steep hill in the rays of the burning sun is a big effort, which, however, reward beautiful views. However, if you are not convinced by intense physical effort, you can rent a scooter or a car and in a few hours see the most picturesque scenic spots in Phuket. Among them, the most important and best known is Karon Viewpoint, from where there is a breathtaking view of 3 beaches: Kata Noi, Kata, and Karon. Another noteworthy landmark is Promthep Cape located on the southern tip of the island. The view there is particularly beautiful during sunset. However, if you would like to combine admiring beautiful views with feeding monkeys, go to Monkey Hill in the area of Phuket Town. This place is where Thai people love jogging and use the open air gyms. There is a very large population of macaques, fed by the local community. From the top of the hill, there is a beautiful view of the island.
4. Relax on the Beautiful Beaches
Phuket is famous for its many beautiful, sandy and wide beaches. This is an obligatory point at every visit. The winding, coastal roads along the west coast provide beautiful views. The most attractive beaches of the west coast are not the same. Some seem infinitely long, others go into sandy bays, surrounded by high granite rocks. The most visited and crowded are 2-3 km sections of Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Beach-goers seeking peace will not have problems finding almost empty places on Nai Yang, Bang Thao, Pan Sea, Kamala, and others beaches.
5. Visit Phuket town and try typical thai food
For tourists who are interested in the history of the island and architecture, worth visiting may be Phuket Town, the capital of the province. At the beginning of the 20th century, the rich tin barons were mainly resident there. Their beautiful, representative residences, scattered in numerous parks, are an attraction to this day. The old part of the city with the Chino Portuguese architecture style is extremely charming. In addition to the old part of the city, Phuket Town offers several night markets. The largest and best known is Chillva Market. Above everything, you can buy very tasty food here at low prices. The choice is very large, so it is the perfect place for people who want to taste the real Thai cuisine. In addition to eating there is a whole lot of Chinese trinkets and several pubs with live music.
Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, delights some of them and disappoints others with controversy. One thing is certain: you can not get bored here. The number of attractions per square meter is probably the largest in all of Thailand. Every type of tourists can be found here. Party people, couples, families with children and retirees. Everyone will find something for himself.